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Disgraceful fall from lvory Tower: Professor hauled up in court over alleged raping of his student

The randy senior lecturer had on  May 16, 2022 committed the offences at Rivers State University campus, Oruwokwo, in Obio/Akpor Magisterial District but triable in Port Harcourt district.

For his unbridled sexual urge, Professor David Ogbonna of Rivers State University is facing trial at a magistrate court in Port Harcourt for unlawful and indecent sexual assault of a female student of the institution.

Ogbonna was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Menenen F. Poromon of Court 13, standing in the dock, Persecondnews reports.

The randy senior lecturer had on  May 16, 2022 committed the offences at Rivers State University campus, Oruwokwo, in Obio/Akpor Magisterial District but triable in Port Harcourt district.

According to the prosecution, the professor had unlawfully and indecently assaulted a 20-year-old girl by thrusting his male organ into the girl’s private part, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 360 of the Criminal Code, laws of Rivers State, Nigeria 1999.

The accused, however, pleaded innocence of the offences.

The defence counsel, Mr O.C. Higher King, urged the court to grant the defendant bail in self-recognizance considering his “status” in the society.

However, Mrs Emi Jim George of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Rivers State branch, told the court not to grant the accused bail in view of alleged threat to the life of the  victim.

After listening to the arguments of both counsel, the Chief Magistrate granted the accused bail in the sum of N2 million with a surety in the same amount and that he must reside in Port Harcourt Magisterial District.

July 20,2022 has been fixed for the trial of the rape case.

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